Andy Gibb who took the world by storm in the late 1970s and early 1980s is to have his life depicted in a biopic.
Article by Fykaa Caan – Hollywood London International News
Executive Producer Lisa Saltzman and her company Groundbreaking Productions have acquired the rights to Matthew Hild’s Arrow Through the Heart: The Biography of Andy Gibb, which has now been released. The book takes an intriguing look inside the life and times of the legendary music figure and teen idol. Jeff Witjas, Partner and Senior VP Talent APA and Andy Gibb’s former agent, is also involved in the project, about the tragic and compelling life story of the multi-talented star. Saltzman is the Executive Producer on the biopic, holds the rights to a strong screenplay, and will be going out to a short list of directors that can embody the soul of the movie.
Andy Gibb was the younger brother of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, the globally famous, supremely talented and much loved Bee Gees. With his knee-buckling good looks and his brothers’ songwriting talents backing him up, 19-year-old Andy Gibb was blessed with an unprecedented display of youthful pop mastery, a charisma that captured hearts in the 12 months following his American debut in the spring of 1977. In the summer of 1978, Andy Gibb who was then barely 20 years old, had his third single, “Shadow Dancing,” in the #1 spot on the Billboard pop charts. Four months earlier, his second release, “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” had reached the same pinnacle, and six months before that, Gibb had topped the charts with his debut record, “I Just Want To Be Your Everything.” His string of three #1 hits with his first three releases is a record that still stands today, and at the time he achieved it, it seemed to herald and looked like the arrival of a major new star. Despite his success however, he felt the constant pressure to live up to his famous brothers, which contributed to his insurmountable struggle with fame.
Tragedy unfortunately was in the path of Andy’s musical career, and with changing fashions in the early 1980s, by 1981, he was not seen as a viable recording artist, also in the years that followed, his drug use led to his firing from jobs on television’s Solid Gold and Broadway’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and also to the end of a high-profile romance with actress Victoria Principal, of Dallas fame. Gibb declared bankruptcy in 1987, reporting an annual income of less than $8,000.
On March 7, 1988, Andy Gibb entered hospital in Oxford, England, complaining of severe chest and abdominal pains. By March 10, he died of inflammation of the heart, officially as a result of a viral infection.
People Magazine have an exclusive newly released feature for July on this story :
Author Matthew Hild recently appeared on Australian Television to discuss the book :
REMEMBERING ANDY GIBB :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8bRxuORbp8
LISA SALTZMAN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, GROUNDBREAKING PRODUCTIONS SAID: It is time to tell Andy’s compelling and tragic story: His meteoric rise and precipitous fall, his music, huge talent, his demons and struggles, the notable kindness. The biopic will be ripe with emotion, he is deserving of this and his legacy endures.
MATTHEW HILD, AUTHOR Arrow Through the Heart: The Biography of Andy Gibb SAID: After all these years, Andy’s talent and appeal still resonate with fans around the world. It was long overdue that someone talk to many friends and associates of his and present a fuller, more nuanced portrait of one of the most beloved performers of his era.
Interest in Bee Gees and the Gibb family has been at an all time high particularly after the release of The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, the Emmy Award winning American documentary film, directed by Frank Marshall. It follows the life and career of the legendary, award-winning family band. The film had its worldwide release on December 12, 2020 through HBO Max.